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McKenna Grace Talks “Ghostbusters: Afterlife,” Her Debut Song “Haunted House,” and Upcoming Projects (Exclusive)

“I want to keep working and doing things that make me happy,” the star shared with Celeb Secrets backstage at Z100’s Jingle Ball.

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15-year-old McKenna Grace is quickly becoming a household name thanks to a list of impressive credits in Gifted, Ready Player One, The Young and the Restless among others.

While 2021 came with many obstacles, the actress and singer used this year to showcase her true talents and prove that she’s not going anywhere anytime soon. From booking a role on The Handmaid’s Tale and receiving an Emmy nomination to starring in Ghostbusters: Afterlife alongside Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things) and Paul Rudd (Ant-man) and releasing her debut single, Grace truly earned all of the success that is coming her way. 

Ending her jam-packed year on a high note, Grace got the chance to attend Z100’s Jingle Ball at Madison Square Garden in New York City earlier this month (December 10) where she spoke to Celeb Secrets reporter Juliet Schroder about the whirlwind of a year she’s had.

“I don’t know, it’s all so crazy,” Grace shared. “This year has been crazy — it’s been wild to go from radio silence for eight months to all of a sudden Ghostbusters coming out, but at the same time the Emmys, and then releasing my first single. There’s so much all at once and I’m so thankful to be coming back to some sort of new normal and getting back to work at least. It’s really exciting and it makes me so happy.” 

Grace’s debut single “Haunted House,” which is out now, can be heard on radio stations nationwide in addition to the end credits of her new film Ghostbusters: Afterlife. From dishing about the writing and recording process to filming the music video in a real-life haunted house, the 15-year-old    had a memorable experience creating her first-ever single. 

“We filmed in a supposedly haunted house, I was taking a bunch of pictures to see if I could catch any ghosts or anything in the background,” Grace told Celeb Secrets. “There were a few creepy things, a few scary spooky things every now and then but we shot in the same house I think American Horror Story shot in so that was really exciting, and the owner of the house was there, telling us all the ghost stories.”

“I wrote [‘Haunted House’] on my living room floor with a friend and I didn’t write it for Ghostbusters. I just asked our director if he would direct my music video and he was like ‘can I put it in the end credits?’ and I said yes.”

Assuring that more music and acting projects are on the way, McKenna hopes to release an EP next year.

“There is a lot of different stuff that I’ve been working on, I’m excited to be able to release an EP and figure out what I’m putting on it,” she said.

For more on McKenna’s music, watch our full interview below.

Have you listened to “Haunted House” yet? Let us know what you think of it by either leaving a reaction at the bottom of the post or by sending us a tweet at @celebsecrets.

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  • Gracie Lowes

    Gracie is a former intern at Celeb Secrets who attends St Clair College. When she’s not reporting on the latest news, she enjoys watching tv shows and movies, reading, going to concerts and traveling.

Written by Gracie Lowes

Gracie is a former intern at Celeb Secrets who attends St Clair College. When she’s not reporting on the latest news, she enjoys watching tv shows and movies, reading, going to concerts and traveling.

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